Clarkson University is a private, 4-year institution in Potsdam, NY near Norwood Lake in the far northern reaches of NY State. The school was founded in 1896 the sisters of Thomas S. Clarkson, a local entrepreneur who was killed in a quarry accident; the name was changed to Clarkson College of technology in 1913; it achieved university status in 1984. The school’s 640 acre campus contains many open spaces and quads and features a blend of traditional red brick collegiate architecture interspersed with modern and contemporary styles. It actually holds 2 campuses: the ‘downtown’ and ‘hill’ campuses as well as satellite locations in Schenectady and Beacon, NY. Among notable alumni are several professional ice hockey players and 2 founding members of the band Blue Oyster Cult.